Today’s blog-tember prompt is to give you a house tour so I’ve put together my 2016 craft room tour. You may or may not remember that back in November I moved in with my parents until I could get settled in my new city. I’m super impatient so I feel like I’ve been here forever when, really, it’s not even time for my annual move (wow, I wish that were a joke). All of this is to say that I don’t have much space that feels like my own.
To be fair, I have a lot of space that no one else uses so it’s almost the same. It’s just that a lot of my own furniture and decor are in storage so it’s not 100% to my high standards. There are obviously much worse things so I’m not complaining, just explaining that what you’re about to see is maybe not what you’ve come to expect from previous house tour posts.
The second floor of the house includes a bedroom, full bath and a “bonus room.” I’ve set up my crafting space in the bonus room and it has been through several arrangements as I try to find the best setup. Here’s the current set up (hence why I keep calling this the “2016 Craft Room Tour” because I fully intend to keep working on it!)
An overview of the space – my bedroom is behind the door and the bathroom is to the left, enclosed in that “bump out.” The stairs are on the left side of that short wall behind my printer and crafting table. The green desk, blue desk chair and treadmill are on loan from the Sullivan Museum of Curiosities:
I keep most of my supplies in this Ikea Alex drawer set that once housed all my makeup (what? I know. It’s temporary, trust me). You can also see my washi tape storage and the washi overflow. Behind that bowl of washi is the start of my “joy jar” – the container where I dump all the confetti and glitter remains since you can’t sort it back into the original container. I use this to add interest to my instagram pics, fill confetti shakers/project life sleeves and of course make confetti tape!
Right next to my storage drawers is the actual desk/table where I do all my work. Can you believe I found this for free outside my apartment complex 2 years ago?? I still love it and plan to re-finish it as my computer desk when I get to my forever home (dreamy sigh). It’s big enough to house my sewing machine and a stack of supplies with plenty of room left over for creating.
To the right you can see the funny blue phone stand I use to record my overhead videos and behind that a pile of storage items in the awkward space created by shoving my two desks together. Not a dream come true, but I needed to use one chair for both desks and be close enough to my computer to have my headphones plugged in since the space is open to the floor below.
Over my desk I put up a few things so the white walls wouldn’t make me crazy. You can see my word for the year and the reminders some sweet friends have sent me to keep me focused on that word. Below is my calendar and no, this is not an old picture. I just kept forgetting to change the month and now the calendar has run out of pages anyway so…it stays.
My bookshelf holds all the craft supply overflow, the few books I have acquired this year and my essential oil collection. It’s also the last stop on our tour today because the only other things on this floor are a TV, portable barre, a miscellaneous assortment of hand weights and a dog bed (all also on loan – but the dog bed has been adopted so it may ‘accidentally’ get on the moving van somehow like my dogs will probably move it themselves, I don’t know).
A final look:
So there you have it! The 2016 craft room tour. It’s a good amount of space given that I don’t have to share. If others were going to be using the room too, then I would have done a better job of setting up my stuff so it was all out of the way. The setup works well enough for me this way, but I will say that I feel like I’m always struggling to reach things in the drawers so it could use a few more tweaks. Also I should start a tally of how many times I forget my headphones are attached to the computer.
If you’re wondering what my “dream” craft room would look like, you can check out the Pinterest board I made as a contest entry because it has a lot of great ideas for craft and sewing supply storage. I ended up winning one week of the contest so I’m a little proud of it.